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What You Need to Know: Public Health and Safety

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Campus Guidelines


  • Students, employees and visitors must follow mask requirements.
  • Individuals will not be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination on campus but need to complete the vaccine verification process.
  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask:
    • indoors in all WVU System buildings and facilities through Oct. 20, when public health conditions will be reevaluated
    • on all University transportation, including the PRT and buses, through at least Jan. 18, 2022

Vaccination Verification

  • At this time, WVU is not requiring vaccination, but it is strongly recommended. Those on the Health Sciences Campus involved in patient care, including residents, fellows and students, are required to follow separate WVU Health System policies, including those related to vaccinations.
  • All students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 must verify their vaccine status.

Requirements for Unvaccinated People

Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated and those who did not verify their vaccination with WVU by Aug. 1 must:

  • Comply with random sample testing until they become fully vaccinated and verify their vaccination with WVU.
  • Quarantine for at least 14 days following close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Obtain testing if symptoms develop.
  • Quarantine for five days following out-of-state travel during the semester.

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COVID-19 Testing

  • Those who are unvaccinated or who did not verify their vaccination with the University by Aug. 1 are required to submit a valid COVID-19 test result.
  • Random sample testing will be performed throughout the fall semester to monitor and diminish the spread on campus.
  • At this time, students and employees who verified their vaccination with the University are exempt from random sample testing.
  • Contact tracing will continue.
  • Isolation procedures remain in place for those who have a positive test.
  • Campus COVID-19 testing data will be updated Monday-Friday by 2 p.m. Quarantine, isolation and vaccination rates will be updated each Wednesday by 2 p.m.

Visit the Student Testing and Employee Testing pages for details.

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If You Test Positive

  • All positive cases, including results from third-parties outside the WVU testing system, must be reported to the University.
    • Students, employees and others (outside contractors, affiliated groups, etc.) should notify WVU Shared Services at or 304-293-6006.
  • Individuals reporting a positive test result will be contacted by their local health department and may also be contacted by Student Health Services.

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Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing and Quarantine

Close Contacts

While COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, the best evidence indicates that the disease is unlikely to spread through casual contact.

The goal of contact tracing is to identify, through a series of interviews, those individuals who have had significant close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

In these situations, close contact is defined as:

  • Having been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • A person can be determined a close contact up to 2 days before illness onset and/or test date of an infected person.

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When to Quarantine

  • You must quarantine if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, and testing is recommended as soon as possible.
  • If you are unvaccinated: You must quarantine if you have had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Testing is recommended in 3-5 days after the last date of exposure.
  • If you are vaccinated: If you have had contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that you wear a mask for 14 days from last exposure or until you receive a negative test result from testing 3-5 days after the last date of exposure.
  • Until a formal case investigation and contact tracing can be completed, all those who are known or suspected to have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should undergo a 14-day quarantine and monitoring period.
    • If you are considered a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and are unvaccinated, you must quarantine for the full 14-day period due to added concern of increased transmission of variants.
    • Any individual who is vaccinated should monitor for symptoms and wear a mask to prevent possible transmission until a negative test result 3-5 days after last exposure.
  • Contacts of contacts (e.g., secondary contacts), or brief contacts with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, are generally not felt to be at high risk of infection.
    • Therefore, unless the health department identifies that a specific outbreak situation warrants further action, the University will not seek to identify casual contacts or secondary contacts.
    • Units may advise employees and students to monitor their own health for the development of any symptoms, but quarantine procedures are not required for these types of contacts.
  • Individuals who have received both doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine are not required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19 as long as they remain asymptomatic, are beyond two weeks following the receipt of their second vaccine and are within three months following the receipt of their second vaccine. They are expected to wear a mask for 14 days or until a negative test result is received after testing on day 3-5 after last exposure.
  • Health Sciences clinical faculty, fellows and residents should adhere to WVU Medicine policy and requirements for COVID-19 exposure. For information, call WVU Medicine's Employee Health COVID-19 hotline at 304-974-3200. Hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

What to do if You're in Quarantine

  • All WVU community members are required to report if they are quarantining due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19.
    • Students and employees should notify Shared Services at or 304-293-6006.
    • Be sure to answer or return all follow-up calls from WVU Shared Services (304-293-1003 and 304-293-6006).
  • Students who become aware outside of the University that they have had a positive exposure, are a close contact or are instructed to quarantine by a physician should also notify the CARE Team for all necessary resources.
  • Supervisors and Shared Services will work with employees on procedures for quarantine and return to work guidance.

Anyone with COVID19 symptoms should not report to work or school until further evaluation by a healthcare provider.

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Student and Employee Accommodations

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Important information

Enforcement of COVID-19 Protocols

Employees and students are accountable for following these requirements:

Student Policies and Penalties

Employee Policies and Penalties

Reporting Violations of COVID-19 Protocols

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